Joe Beevers


Joe Beevers

Infobox poker player
firstname=Joe
lastname=Beevers
nickname=The Elegance



caption=Beevers after winning the Poker Million VI - December 2007
hometown=London, UK
wsop bracelet count="None"
wsop money finishes=11
wsop main event best finish rank=151st
wsop main event best finish year=2005
wpt titles="None"
wpt final tables=1
wpt money finishes=1
ept titles="None"
ept final tables="None"
ept money finishes=1

Joseph (Joe) Charles "The Elegance" Beevers (born 9 December 1967 in Marylebone, London) is an English professional poker player and a member of The Hendon Mob.

During his lengthy poker career, Beevers became one of the pioneers of poker on television by appearing in every series of Late Night Poker, where he made a record 3 grand finals.cite web|url=http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/event.php?a=r&n=418|title=Late Night Poker season 1 results|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Butt, Robert|accessdate=2006-08-03] cite web|url=http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/event.php?a=r&n=922|title=Late Night Poker season 4 results|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Butt, Robert|accessdate=2006-08-03] cite web|url=http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/event.php?a=r&n=7521|title=Late Night Poker season 5 results|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Butt, Robert|accessdate=2006-08-03] Beevers also won the 2007 Poker Million and finished runner-up in two further televised poker events.cite web|url=http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/event.php?a=r&n=10739|title=Poker Million 2003 results|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Butt, Robert|accessdate=2006-08-03] cite web|url=http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/event.php?a=r&n=8561|title=The Gaming Club World Poker Championship results|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Butt, Robert|accessdate=2006-08-03]

Early years

Beevers' father taught him how to count cards in blackjack from age 10. His father also taught Beevers how to work out permutations and probabilities on a Sinclair ZX81 computer. Beevers left school at age 16, and became a part of a card-counting team with his father and two others at age 18. They often played at the Sergeant Yorkes Casino in Luton, where they found a croupier who often paid out 3-1 on blackjacks, and sometimes also paid out when a player's hand was bust. The team eventually stopped playing as their success led to Beevers being banned from 4 London casinos, and his father being banned from 19. Between them they were banned from 21 out of 23 London casinos. They also went to gamble on horse racing events about three times a week.cite book | last = Wilson | first = Des | title = Swimming with the Devilfish | publisher = Macmillan | date = 2006 | id = ISBN 1-4050-8952-0 ] cite web|url=http://www.thehendonmob.com/joe_beevers/youve_got_to_start_somewhere.html|title=You've Got to Start Somewhere|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Beevers, Joe|accessdate=2006-08-03] cite web|url=http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,9070-1277882,00.html|title=Risky Business|publisher=Business Times Online|author=Anonymous|accessdate=2006-08-03] cite web|url=http://www.pokerchannel.co.uk/index.php?pg=30&id=9&title=Up+Close+and+Personal+with+The+Elegance%21&ind=17|title=Up Close and Personal with The Elegance|publisher=The Poker Channel|author=May, Jesse|authorlink=Jesse May|accessdate=2006-08-05]

Beevers worked first for NatWest (as his father had done before him) then for Citibank in Hammersmith. He went on to attend Middlesex University as a mature student towards of the end of his 4 years playing regular blackjack, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honour's degree in Finance and Accounting at the age of 24.cite web|url=http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,9070-1277882,00.html|title=Risky Business|publisher=Business Times Online|author=Anonymous|accessdate=2006-08-03]

Around this time, Beevers placed dog racing bets for future Hendon Mobster Ram Vaswani in Harrow, and they later met in Luton, starting an ongoing friendship.

Poker career

Beevers began playing poker by entering a £10 pot limit stud rebuy poker tournament during a blackjack session in Luton. He went on to regularly play in a seven-card stud game in North London, where he estimates he won £35,000 to start his bankroll. By the time he finished university, he was earning well enough from playing poker and giving lessons to teachers and other students that he never returned to office work.cite web|url=http://www.thehendonmob.com/about-the-mob.html|title=The Hendon Mob|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Hendon Mob, The|accessdate=2006-08-03]

Prior to the emergance of televised poker, Beevers ran private poker games with Ram Vaswani. They played much pot limit Omaha there, which Beevers considers to be his preferred poker variant.cite web|url=http://www.pokerlistings.com/joe-beevers-861|title=Joe Beevers|publisher=PokerListings.com|author=Rydin, Staffin|accessdate=2006-08-03] It was in this game that they met Barny and Ross Boatman, the other two members of the Hendon Mob. Beevers began to travel to tournaments and won his first major event in Amsterdam in 1997. Upon winning, Beevers called his flatmate at 3am and sang Queen's "We Are the Champions" down the phone to him.cite web|url=http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/event.php?a=r&n=19765|title=1997 Master Classics of Poker results|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Butt, Robert|accessdate=2006-08-03]

Beevers and the rest of The Hendon Mob were invited by Nic Szeremeta to appear in the brand new Late Night Poker television series, and supported the then-questionable idea of using a hole cam to make poker into a spectator sport. Beevers appeared in all 6 series of the show, and is tied with Dave Colclough for a record 10 appearances. Beevers made the Grand Final in seasons 1, 4 and 5.

Beevers was the first member of The Hendon Mob to cash in a World Series of Poker (WSOP) event, placing 14th in the $2,500 pot limit Texas hold 'em event in the 1996 World Series of Poker.cite web|url=http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/event.php?a=r&n=7838|title=1996 $2,500 pot limit hold 'em event results|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Butt, Robert|accessdate=2006-08-03]

Beevers also finished as the runner-up both to Jimmy White in the 2003 Poker Million and to Xuyen Pham in The Gaming Club World Poker Championship. He also finished on the TV bubble of the World Poker Tour (WPT) season 3 championship and finished in the money of the 2005 WSOP $10,000 no limit hold'em main event.cite web|url=http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/event.php?a=r&n=10082|title=World Poker Tour season 3 championship results|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Butt, Robert|accessdate=2006-08-03] cite web|url=http://www.thehendonmob.com/joe_beevers/bellagio_bits_n_pieces.html|title=Bellagio Bits 'n' Pieces|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Beevers, Joe|accessdate=2006-08-08] cite web|url=http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/event.php?a=r&n=14015|title=2005 World Series of Poker main event results|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Butt, Robert|accessdate=2006-08-03]

His major titles include:
* £2500 No Limit Hold'em, Great British Poker Tour - Grand Final 2007
* Hold'em 100, 2000cite web|url=http://www.holdem100.com/winners.html|title=Hold 'em 100 Winners Hall of Fame|publisher=Hold 'em 100|author=Anonymous|accessdate=2006-08-03]
* £200 pot limit Omaha, British Open 2002cite web|url=http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/event.php?a=r&n=1040|title=£200 pot limit Omaha, British Open 2002 results|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Butt, Robert|accessdate=2006-08-03]
* €1,000 no limit hold'em, Irish Open 2003cite web|url=http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/event.php?a=r&n=1418|title=2003 Irish Open results|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Butt, Robert|accessdate=2006-08-03]
* £300 pot limit hold'em, Poker Classics 2003cite web|url=http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/event.php?a=r&n=1555|title=£300 pot limit hold'em, Poker Classics 2003 results|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Butt, Robert|accessdate=2006-08-03]
* $5,000 no limit hold'em, Four Queens Poker Classic 2004cite web|url=http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/event.php?a=r&n=7633|title=$5,000 no limit hold'em, Four Queens Poker Classic 2004 results|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Butt, Robert|accessdate=2006-08-03]
* Poker Nations Cupcite web|url=http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/event.php?a=r&n=18448|title=Poker Nations Cup results|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Butt, Robert|accessdate=2006-08-03]
* 2007 Poker Million

As of 2007, his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,300,000.cite web|url=http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=s&n=1|title=Joe Beevers - Stats|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Butt, Robert|accessdate=2006-08-03]

He is sponsored by Full Tilt Poker.cite web|url=http://www.fulltiltpoker.com/joeBeevers.php|title=Joe "The Elegance" Beevers|publisher=Full Tilt Poker|author=Anonymous|accessdate=2006-08-03]

Beevers has written over 40 articlescite web|url=http://www.thehendonmob.com/joe_beevers/|title=Articles by Joe Beevers 'The Elegance'|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Beevers, Joe|accessdate=2006-08-03] on The Hendon Mob's website, the introduction to the European edition of Michael Kaplan's book "Aces and Kings" (ISBN 1-84529-298-7)cite web|url=http://www.thehendonmob.com/joe_beevers/aces_and_kings.html|title=Aces and Kings|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Beevers, Joe|accessdate=2006-09-05] and two poker lessons for Matthew Hilger's website [http://www.internettexasholdem.com/ internettexasholdem.com] .cite web|url=http://www.internettexasholdem.com/pokertutor/setInfo.php?siid=30|title=Joe Beevers 1: SnG|publisher=InternetTexasHoldem.com|author=Beevers, Joe|accessdate=2006-08-03] cite web|url=http://www.internettexasholdem.com/pokertutor/setInfo.php?siid=34|title=Beevers 6-Handed NL|publisher=InternetTexasHoldem.com|author=Beevers, Joe|accessdate=2006-08-03]

Personal life

Beevers' nickname "The Elegance" originates from the lifestyle he has been able to live through his poker winnings. He drives a Porsche 911 with the personalised number-plate "Joe 911".http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,9070-1277882,00.html] In fact, Beevers is the only member of The Hendon Mob who kept his original nickname given by Victoria Coren in the first article on them, in the Evening Standard in September 2000. He is a season ticket holder at West Ham United F.C..cite web|url=http://www.thehendonmob.com/joe_beevers/when_the_bubble_is_not_the_bubble.html|title=When the Bubble is not the Bubble|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Beevers, Joe|accessdate=2006-08-03]

Beevers lives in Hendon with his wife Claire, whom he married at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada at the conclusion of the 2005 WSOP. He has twin daughters, born 21 February 2006 named Millie and Lola.cite web|url=http://www.thehendonmob.com/the_mob/irish_open_the_pubs_are_closed.html|title=The Irish Open, The Pubs are Closed|publisher=The Hendon Mob|author=Beevers, Joe|accessdate=2006-08-03]

Notes

External links

* [http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=1 Joe Beevers Hendon Mob tournament results]


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